Plan your visit


Dates and location:

14th-17th November, Durham city centre and surrounding areas.

Opening times:

  • Opening times: 4.30pm-11pm each night
  • Central peninsula ticketing times: 4.30pm-7.30pm each night
  • Cathedral entry times: 5.30pm-10pm each night


There are 37 spectacular artworks programmed for Lumiere‘s 10th anniversary edition.

In the most ambitious edition of Lumiere yet, we’re illuminating four winter nights with a selection of returning artworks from previous festivals, including Jacques Rival’s giant glittering snow globe I Love Durham, Fujiko Nakaya and Simon Corder’s ethereal Fogscape #03238 and NOVAK’s fantastical Fool’s Paradise, among many other audience favourites.

These will sit alongside a host of dazzling new pieces by internationally renowned artists and fresh talent from the North East, including a video-mapped artwork on the facade of Durham Cathedral (Stones), a giant slinky (End Over End) and a piano-powered projection (Keys of Light).

Click here to explore the full programme.


You don’t need a ticket to attend Lumiere. As in previous years, a free peak-time ticketing system will be in operation for access into the central peninsula area of the city between 4.30pm and 7.30pm each evening to allow visitors to have a comfortable experience. 26 of the 37 artworks are located outside the ticketed area and no-one needs a ticket to visit any area of the festival after 7.30pm.

More information about ticketing can be found here.

Getting to Lumiere:

We strongly advise you use public transport or one of Durham County Council’s many Park & Ride facilities, sponsored during the festival this year by Motorpoint. The Park & Ride means that you don’t have to worry about where to park your car and are less likely to get stuck in traffic jams. There will also be extra bus services and the train station is a short walk from the city centre.

To get all the latest information on traffic and travel visit and follow  #LumiereDurham on Twitter in the lead up to and during the event.

Printed guides and maps:

There is a printed festival guide which includes a map available for £2 at a number of outlets around Durham including the Gala Theatre. The programme is not available to download.

You can also download our brand new Lumiere app here:

Lumiere App for Apple devices

Lumiere App for Android devices

Lumiere festival map


Durham is famed for its cobbled, steep and winding streets. This means getting around some of the installations can be challenging for some people. If it rains the cobbles can get slippery. Lumiere is a festival that takes place outside at night and the streets will be very busy at times.

There is guidance information on accessibility for each installation within each programme listing on the website. Everyone has different needs so factual information is provided to help you make a decision whether it’s suitable or not.

Where to get the latest updates:


@artichoketrust on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Get the latest updates at #LumiereDurham

For the latest traffic and travel information follow @DurhamCouncil

Need more information?

Visit our FAQs page here.